Thursday 11 October 2012

Private Alfredo Menchini

Born on 2 September 1881 (first 1915) or 1879 (second 1915) in Bagni Dilucca, Italy - husband of Rosina Menchini, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his (first) enlistment in 1915: trade as laborer; married; no current military service; previously served with the 85th Infantry, Italian Army (two years); Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 6.75 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; grey eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 18 August 1915 (number 144798) - discharged as medically unfit on 2 October 1915 - rejoined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Rockcliffe Camp, Ontario, on 16 October 1915 (number 144798) - sailed overseas with the 77th Battalion on 19 June 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 6 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 1 November 1916 - buried in Adanac Military Cemetery (buried near grave VI.G.34), France.

(Updated with an image of Pte Menchini's headstone in Adanac Military Cemetery that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,; Anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926), p.124)

1 comment:

ML said...

Along with his wife Rosina, Alfredo left six children. The youngest died in infancy and the oldest, Anthony, was my grandfather. Thank you for remembering.